Discussing new initiatives to advance Euro-Mediterranean cooperation: UfM Senior Officials meet in Barcelona
July 6, 2017
Representatives of the Member States of the Union for the Mediterranean have met in Barcelona to discuss challenges and opportunities in the Euro-Mediterranean region and the ongoing projects and initiatives of the UfM Secretariat.
UfM Senior Officials held an in-depth exchange under their political dialogue on several issues of political importance for the stability of the region. They also took stock of the various UfM Ministerial Meetings held during the first half of the year, notably in the areas of water and sustainable urban development, and discussed preparations for the upcoming Ministerial Meeting on women’s empowerment, due to take place next November in Cairo.
Following the adoption by the Member States of the new UfM Roadmap for Action last January in Barcelona, UfM Senior Officials also exchanged views to further advance regional integration by creating effective links between the policy dimension and its operational translation into concrete projects and activities on the ground.
UfM Senior Officials discussed four new region-wide cooperation project proposals submitted by the UfM Secretariat to be presented for UfM labeling in the coming months. These projects aim to facilitate access to employment, support entrepreneurship and SME development, promote climate transparency to help contribute to the Paris Agreement, and provide multimodal training to help build an efficient, interoperable and sustainable transport infrastructure network in the Mediterranean region.